Although car accidents are just about a daily occurrence in San Jose and throughout the nation, most collisions fortunately do not result in serious injuries. The most common accidents could be labeled as the classic "fender-bender," which may lead to a police report and an exchange of insurance information, but not much else. Unfortunately, however, drunk driver accidents are also common, and the major difference with these types of crashes is that accidents victims more often than not do suffer from serious injuries, and in many cases these accidents involve a fatality.
That was the case in a recent San Jose car accident, in which an alleged drunk driver is said to have been the cause of a crash that led to the death of a 19-year-old man. The victim, a San Jose resident, was said to have been driving a Volkswagen on Highway 85 on January 30 when he was struck from behind by Nissan being driven by a 27-year-old man.
The reports indicate that both vehicles flipped over and were heavily damaged in the crash. The 19-year-old was removed from his vehicle and transported for medical care, but he died at the hospital. The 27-year-old driver also required medical attention, but it appears that his injuries were not that serious. He was arrested and could be facing felony driving while intoxicated charges.
There is no doubt that the family of the 19-year-old victim is still reeling from the sudden loss of their loved one. While it is a good thing that the alleged drunk driver will face justice in the criminal courts, the family members of the victim may also be exploring their options in civil court as well.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Jose man dies in Highway 85 crash; suspected drunken driver arrested," Mark Gomez, Jan. 31, 2014
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